Belize – Day 1

I think it took people a couple days to realize this, but a little over a week ago I went on my first solo international trip to BELIZE. Eek! I wanted to get back to vlogging like I started doing on my trips in 2015, so I was sure to have my camera(s) in tow in addition to snapchatting  my days to my followers. It was beyond exciting, exhilarating, relaxing, and much more. I hope you enjoy!

I woke up around 3:30am to get dressed super quickly and head to Laguardia for a 6am flight. I’ve never seen a direct flight to Belize from New York, so I had a very brief layover in Atlanta. Atlanta to Belize was a semi-breeze due to me being forced to switch seats, and then being talked to nonstop by my rowmate. I’m one of those people who likes silence during my commutes, save for my music. That means trains, busses, flights, uber rides, and even walking, I like to be alone with my thoughts. This guy didn’t get the memo and to be honest, I was hoping our chat would lead to me getting a ride to the water taxi that was 30 minutes away versus taking a cab. Total fail! Upon landing and being introduced to HIS ride, I hopped in a taxi and had a delightful ride to the water taxi to Caye Caulker, the island I’d be calling home for about a week.

Caye Caulker Belizean Beach

Before arriving in Belize my airbnb host gave me super detailed instructions on how to get to her home once I got to the island. You should always do the same, especially if you’re like me and don’t invest in international phone plans. It took a few seconds to recognize where I was according to her directions and another few seconds before I made it to the actual house! Because the island is so small, there are no real addresses, BUT her home did have a name: Georgia Peach. I also had some creatures that welcomed me to the area.

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This is Georgia Peach!

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It even had a tanning roof area that I didn’t take advantage of.

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Unfortunately my first experience on the island was unpleasant due to the fact that I had no key to get into the home. It wasn’t where the host said it would be and I was out in the 80+ weather dressed for New York. Eventually I moseyed on over to the home next door and found out that the neighbor’s daughter had a key, but was on another island. I was either going to have to wait for her or hope that my host had an alternative. Luckily I was able to go to a nearby restaurant and bum some wifi while messaging my host through airbnb. Maybe I’m sometimes too relaxed, if that’s a thing, but at no point did I get worked up or overwhelmed even though I was in a completely different country with nowhere to stay, no friends, and no real way to contact anyone sans wifi. I think it had a lot to do with this view…

My view from a restaurant on Caye Caulker
My view from a restaurant on Caye Caulker

Bamboozle

Fried Red Snapper, Plantains, Coleslaw, Red Beans, Coconut Rice
Fried Red Snapper, Plantains, Coleslaw, Red Beans, Coconut Rice

After digging into an amazing traditional Belizean meal and washing it down with a local beer, Belkin, I finally went back to the house because the key was there and waiting for me! Hooray!

I quickly set my things down, met the home security system (see the vlog) and rushed back out to explore the island. Catch it all in the vlog and enjoy these super dope snaps I caught below.

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